Growing Marijuana In Louisiana

Selling any amount of marijuana in any form is illegal, and Louisiana is not forgiving for even first-time offenders. This means a drug dealer will spend at least five years in jail for selling you anything.

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If you happen to find a dealer that you can trust, you have to worry about them getting caught.  If they get caught selling to you, you’ll likely get in trouble too. All of that stress hardly seems worth it if it can be avoided.

The new possession laws are more specific than they once used to be. For the first offense with 14g or less of weed, you could get 15 days in jail and a $300 fine. For more than 14 grams (but less than 2.5 pounds) that is also a first offense, it could end up landing you 6 months in jail and $500 in fines.

However, New Orleans is another story. The city decriminalized marijuana in 2016, reducing the fine to a citation if it is less than 2.5 pounds. This does not apply if you are in a drug-free zone when caught, however.

Louisiana also passed a medical program in 2016 for 14 conditions including autism, epilepsy, MS, and PTSD. Patients can purchase from one of nine state-run pharmacies, and they are not permitted to grow at home. Don’t expect to find anything that you can smoke though. Louisiana’s medical program only permits non-smokeable forms of marijuana or a THC inhaler.

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    7 comments on “Growing Marijuana In Louisiana”

    1. Well the thing is that the penalty for possession is 15 days with a $300 fine, you could get out of that with the diversion plan. The penalty for cultivation in Louisiana is a 5-30 year mandatory minimum sentence with a $50,000 fine for first time offenders. Is it really safer growing it instead of buying it?

    2. •Under Louisiana’s medical marijuana laws, only Louisiana State University, Southern University and their contractors may have permits to grow cannabis.
      •Louisiana’s distribution laws also apply to possession with the intent to distribute.
      •Distributing or growing marijuana has a penalty of up to $50,000 and five to 30 years in prison for the first offense. Subsequent offenses receive 10 to 60 years in jail and up to $100,000 in fines. Prior convictions for other drugs count as a previous offense when determining these punishments.
      •If the offender distributes to a minor, they can have an imprisonment term of up to 45 years for a first offense and 90 years for additional offenses.

    3. Humidity is not our friend here, tried growing, beautiful plant but some buds were getting either mold or tiny bugs webbing